What we offer for events

A delightful and unusual physical space for your guests.

The bookstore is housed in a character-filled villa with seven rooms. Our sunny backyard garden is particularly good for the soul, a few steps up from Ponsonby Road but a million miles away in time and bustle.

Fine weather outdoor space for up to 50 guests, or indoor for 30, with seats for 20 or so either way.

You are free to transform the space. Make any non-permanent changes that you wish. You just need to restore it back to the way it was before you go.

We have plenty of room for equipment or for food and drinks to be brought in, but we do not have a commercial kitchen. We'd be happy to coordinate with your preferred caterers. We have delicious filter coffee and tea and a fridge.

If you want alcohol at your event, we'll need to get a special licence (which is not complex but takes a month).

We can supply background music, a piano, wifi, power and meet any other reasonable request you need to make your event a thing. 


Non-commercial events are by negotiation. We always appreciate a koha.

Our starting price for commercial events is $350 +GST. This covers the rental fee, plus the organisation and management required to set up, and having someone from the staff present at all times.

There is timed street parking on Ponsonby Road until six pm.

Note that our backyard gives out on to a residential area and some events have upset our neighbours in the past. So we are cautious about numbers and noise out the back, especially at nighttime.